THE WEDDING MARCH is a steady-paced story that involves family drama, a teen outreach program, musical fame, and sweet romance. It embodied this HarleTHE WEDDING MARCH is a steady-paced story that involves family drama, a teen outreach program, musical fame, and sweet romance. It embodied this Harlequin line of books with a story that is sure to touch readers' hearts. If you enjoy sweet romance with plenty of depth from complex relationships and situations, then definitely give this one a try!
Right off I have to say how much I loved the musical aspects of the story! When I was younger I wrote lyrics and songs were always rolling around in my head so I could relate in so many ways to the main characters in this story and to some of the teens who aren't quite brave enough to show their words to the world. Even though I love this aspect of the story, I appreciated how well the author balanced everything. Music didn't overshadow the romance and the romance didn't overshadow these characters' individual struggles. Everything was weaved together to tell a story that feels authentic and easy to relate to in one way or another. It also was easy to build an emotional connection to the characters, becoming invested in the outcome and hoping that things would work out.
I also really like these characters. Cassie is such a sweetheart and even though she's been in the spotlight, it hasn't ruined her. She has her own troubles, but there is a humility and honesty that comes across from her. She has such a caring heart (except maybe towards her dad). She's definitely someone I'd love to be friends with. Then there's Luke who has been ruined by the spotlight and a messy divorce and is pretty bitter and standoffish about some things. I love how hard working he is and the time and effort he puts in with teens for his outreach program. He's also charming and quite talented. I love the way Cassie brings Luke back to life or at least challenges his self-imposed prison from living. They were a good match.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this story! It was sweet and left my heart light.
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COURTING CARRIE IN WONDERLAND was an honest and heartfelt story splendidly told. It's a story where love creeps up on these characters from the startCOURTING CARRIE IN WONDERLAND was an honest and heartfelt story splendidly told. It's a story where love creeps up on these characters from the start and the reader can't help but to love every minute of it. Historical and romance readers alike will love this story!
I loved every single page of this book! I adored these characters! I don't know how this author does it every single time, but the characters come alive so vividly and you can't help but fall in love with them. I loved the humor and sarcasm and whit. I loved the way the romance blossomed between two individuals who doubted so much about themselves and their chances with each other. I cried for them and hoped for them. I especially loved how perfectly their story ends, or begins, as it may be.
The author gives such a candid view of everything, making it all feel authentic and, at the same time, come alive. I could see the picturesque scenes from Yellowstone National Park and envision the people at work and at play there. I felt for the crazy circumstances with the wildlife, some inadvertently treated so poorly or without knowing the future consequences. The historical setting came alive with the easily visualized styles of dress and mannerisms. Now I'm hankering to go visit Yellowstone and see these wonders for myself, even though I know views are much more restricted than they were then.
In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! This was a beautiful and endearing story from beginning to end and definitely one that I highly recommend!
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This sounded like such a promising story and I love the cover, however, 50 pages in and it just isn't holding my interest. Too many random facts and sThis sounded like such a promising story and I love the cover, however, 50 pages in and it just isn't holding my interest. Too many random facts and situations and a story that feels more middle grade than young adult (the character feels more like a 12-year-old than a 15-year-old). I always have finished books from this publisher, but I just can't with this one. DNF....more
THE DATING EXPERIMENT was full of laugh-out-loud moments with a quirky heroine, some interesting dating experiences, a charming group of ladi3.5 Stars
THE DATING EXPERIMENT was full of laugh-out-loud moments with a quirky heroine, some interesting dating experiences, a charming group of ladies, one big kindness movement, and a few love interests to mix things up. Chick-lit and romantic comedy lovers are sure to enjoy this one.
Gabby was probably one of the craziest, quirkiest, most awkward heroines I've had the pleasure of reading. She really had been dealt a tough hand and life was definitely not going how she thought it would. I loved that she had all these crazy experiences to earn money in any way she can to survive. Then she did this dating study which just added fuel to an already crazy situation. I loved her voice and I loved when she went home and the ladies there who had such big personalities and their meddlesome ways.
Then there were the guys... I knew right away who wasn't in the running and who possibly was. I also knew who I'd like her to end up with. At one point, I wondered if she would end up with anyone or if this was a happily-ever-after kind of story. Some of the things were a little too outlandish. I also wanted more development in the romantic relationship area. Just too fast there, but I also got the draw to how it ended up going.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a very entertaining read. I caught myself literally cracking up numerous times. Then, these were these sweet moments of friendship, of kindness, and of romance that brought all those happy feelings. It did have its faults, but an overall enjoyable story.
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THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON was a joy to read from the very first page! With a very Austenesque feel, charming characters, plenty of romantic te4.5 Stars
THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON was a joy to read from the very first page! With a very Austenesque feel, charming characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a plot with a few twists here and there, it is sure to keep readers intrigued and ready for more from this new promising inspirational author.
I loved these characters! I loved Lavinia with all her honest, although sometimes cutting, remarks. She was so willing to help others and to also let those around her shine. A good friend. A good daughter and niece. She also had to wade through her conflicting world to find what was true and where her happily-ever-after would be. I also loved Nicholas. He was such a contradiction at times, but really just a slightly tortured and lost man with all his brooding looks and high-societal charm. Very Darcy-like. There was a lot more to him than first impressions and looks. Together, they make for some entertaining banter and some nice sparks.
I also appreciated that the religious element, which was stronger than I normally prefer, also felt authentic and natural. I enjoyed this aspect of the story quite a lot. I also appreciated that the author let her characters waver and doubt, not only with regards to their faith in some places, but also as to trusting their hearts and other people. Some aspects were a little too perfectly tied up or unrealistic, but not enough so that they hindered my enjoyment of the story.
In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! I loved how this story made me fall in love with these characters and brought out all the feels. It was sweet, heartbreaking, frustrating, and beautiful in equal parts. I can't wait for the next book in this series, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, which is to be released in June!
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PETTICOAT SPY may look like an unsuspecting sweet romance with some minor spying, but the story is so much more. Full of danger, deception, and a fighPETTICOAT SPY may look like an unsuspecting sweet romance with some minor spying, but the story is so much more. Full of danger, deception, and a fight for the characters' very lives makes for a riveting tale. Then also add in a little whimsy with a wise woman who receives warnings and some predictions, a quaint town, a loving family, a world in turmoil on the brink of war, and a dashing gentleman to charm the heroine's heart. Historical romance and suspense readers are sure to enjoy!
I fell in love with these characters almost immediately. Abigail or "Abby" was such a spitfire. I loved her passion, but also her intellect and wit. I also couldn't help but love the sparks that flew between Gideon and her. The author did a wonderful job of conveying plenty of tension and chemistry. I also appreciated that Abby grew more into herself, that she learned from some prior mistakes. There were a slue of other characters that came alive in this story as well, including a very cunning villain.
The story kept a fairly constant underlying feel of suspense that gradually grew until I literally was holding my breath waiting to see if these characters would make it out alive in the end. The plot may not have been completely realistic all the time, but was definitely plausible. There weren't any places where I felt things were too easy or where characters didn't react consistently. The romance also didn't overtake the story. There were other aspects at play and all the pieces worked well together. It was definitely an engaging story from beginning to end.
In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. This was actually more than I was expecting and a great combination of romance, humor, and suspense.
Content: Some violence. Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way....more
THE MARK OF THE KING was a heartbreaking story of one woman's life as she goes from a skilled midwife accused of a crime that will keep her i2.5 Stars
THE MARK OF THE KING was a heartbreaking story of one woman's life as she goes from a skilled midwife accused of a crime that will keep her imprisoned for life to the possibility of being free in a new land. The author bluntly describes the roughness of the land and the people who are torn by survival and war. Hardship is especially prevalent in the story. Those who enjoy women's fiction with an inspirational and romantic twist and who don't mind the blunt situations may enjoy this one. Would also recommend to those who enjoyed The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton.
I enjoyed the first chapter and how well it set the stage for the story. I also enjoyed the romance, which was sweet and heartfelt. I loved sweet Lily as well as Julianne, Marc-Paul, and their friends. I was also pleased that things ended somewhat happily. Beyond these, this story was a very difficult read. I think too, I was expecting a lighter and happier read, especially from this publisher, so that surprised me as well.
I think if the author had left more things to the imagination or cut things off sooner, I would have enjoyed it more. I don't need to get the gist of what is going on by specific details most of the time (such as rape - I mean I can get the gist without further descriptions like women screaming and such). For some, maybe they need all those details, to be able to envision exactly what is happening. For me, it just made for a less-than-enjoyable story. Of course there are really terrible things that happen by really terrible people, so maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. I just really never felt like there was much of a break from the depressing things. To me, it was a depressing story with a little bit of light or happiness thrown in a few times.
There was a line that stuck out to me that I really loved: "We all have scars, my beautiful one. They make us who we are, and if we let them, they bring us together."
In the end, was it what I wished for? This was very well written, but not my type of story. In the end, it just felt rather depressing.
Content: Some blunt descriptions consistent with the situations and time period, some rather crude. References to rape, attempted and committed, whippings, prostitution, and violence (including the suggestion of a baby being murdered). Would recommend for at least 18+. Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way....more
PAPER LOVE was such a sweet, heartfelt, lovable story! The romance was a slow-build, the characters were fully fleshed, and there were moments of hearPAPER LOVE was such a sweet, heartfelt, lovable story! The romance was a slow-build, the characters were fully fleshed, and there were moments of heart, friendship, and family woven throughout. A delightful read for sweet romance readers!
The author did a great job of mixing the moments of heartbreak with humor and romance. I loved the way the story developed and I adored Ben who would face one of his major fears for something that Joss wants to experience. I loved how he wanted to understood her and how he grew to. I especially loved the ending!
In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. Sweet, with all the feels, and a happily-ever-after ending.
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